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Porn pics shock priest takes leave of role

By Lesley Houston

A priest who showed indecent images to primary school children received a “rapturous applause” from his Co Tyrone congregation at the weekend before taking leave of his duties.

Father Martin McVeigh has protested his innocence since children preparing for First Holy Communion in May were shown pornographic images during a computer presentation.

The cleric was criticised for his reaction in the aftermath of the scandal when he destroyed a memory stick storing the pictures — which he said had been done in “anger and disgust”.

Following a brief absence from the parish, Fr McVeigh was back in the pulpit at the weekend, celebrating a farewell Mass on Saturday night at Pomeroy and at Altmore on Sunday morning.

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